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Firestarter (original 1980; edition 1981)

by Stephen King

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Title:Firestarter
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Signet (1981), Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
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Rating:****1/2
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I loved this book. Charlie is a great character. ( )
  cassie.peters1 | Sep 6, 2014 |
I loved this book. Charlie is a great character. ( )
  cassie.peters1 | Sep 6, 2014 |
I loved this book. Charlie is a great character. ( )
  cassie.peters1 | Sep 6, 2014 |
Well, I can't complain. I really can't. This book is actually pretty good. It's about a man who takes part of an apparently simple experiment in exchange of some money and years later finds out that the company is behind him and his family because his daughter seems to have a special "talent": the ability to set things afire with her thoughts.
In spite of my slow rhythm to read it, it is fast paced and easy to understand. The beginning of the story already makes your heart beat faster, but I kinda expected more from the middle of the book until near the end of it. More action, more drama, more emotion, but the story actually gets pretty mild nearby the end. Then, unexpected things happen and it slowly gets back to the fast paced narrative. There are no loose threads in this book, which nice. Characters are pretty acceptable, but nothing that will make you fall in love with them.
A pretty nice book to entertain you for a couple of nights. ( )
  aryadeschain | Aug 26, 2014 |
Charlie's parents underwent an experiment in college that they thought was harmless, and they needed the $200. Now Charlie's father has the ability to control minds, her mother has mild telekinesis, and Charlie, well, she can start fires with her mind. The outfit that gave the experiments is now looking for Charlie and her family.

Good book, a little slow. Not my favorite of King's works. ( )
1 vote bookwormteri | Jul 27, 2014 |
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Lahtinen, Aarne T. K.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"It was a pleasure to burn." -- Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
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In memory of Shirley Jackson, who never needed to raise her voice.
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"Daddy, I'm tired," the little girl in the red pants and the green blouse said fretfully.
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Book description
You are about to meet the sweetest, most irresistible little girl you've ever known - 8-year-old Charlie McGee.
She's everything that a proud father like Andy McGee could want - and all that he can fear. For Charlie was born with the most destructive power a human being has ever commanded - and somehow she must be saved from both herself and from those in high places who want to use her as their weapon.

Meet Charlie - and see what happens when innocence and beauty unite with evil and terro.
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FIRESTARTER is the mesmerising and menacing story of a sinister government agency, a fateful drug experiment, and a pigtailed girl named Charlie, who has an unimaginably terrifying gift: the power of pyrokinesis.
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Her power's constrained!
No, just seems that way because
thermometers melt.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451167805, Mass Market Paperback)

Innocence and beauty ignite with evil and terror as a young girl exhibits signs of a wild and horrifying force.



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Young Charlie McGee is a very special girl. The result of scientific experimentation on her parents, she has the ability to create fires wherever and whenever she chooses, by force of will alone. On the run from sinister government agents with her telekenetic father, she only wants to forget her monstrous abilities, and live a normal life. When the pair are captured, Charlie must decide between saving her father and using her fiery powers at the whim of a government only interested in using her ... as a weapon!… (more)

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